Friday, July 15, 2011

Arctic gas

As the arctic ocean faces one of its most extreme climate change induced melts its carbon resources are being carefully watched over and divided.



Melt ponds shine in the Arctic's summer icescape

Ice extent shrank in June at an average rate of 80,800 square kilometres per day, about 50 per cent faster than the average drop recorded from June 1979 to 2000.
At this rate, the Arctic Ocean may be ice free in summer by 2030, said Mark Serreze, director of the NSIDC, calling the decline of the extent of the sea ice and its loss of thickness "an overall downward spiral."

'Ice Wars' heating up the Arctic 

Just how much oil and natural gas is under the Arctic ice?

The Arctic is home to approximately 90 billion barrels of undiscovered but recoverable oil, according to a 2008 study by the U.S. Geological Survey. And preliminary estimates are that one-third of the world's natural gas may be harbored in the Arctic ice.

But that's not all that's up for grabs. The Arctic also contains rich mineral deposits. Canada, which was not historically a diamond-producing nation, is now the third-largest diamond producer in the world.


  1. Positive feedback. The more carbon we emit into the atmosphere, the more the arctic warms, and the easier it is to exploit arctic fossil fuels and emit their carbon into the atmosphere as well.

  2. James Webb Telescope may be cancelled.

  3. A couple of comments you may find interesting:

    From the Neven sea ice blog:

    Between brackets is the average daily extent rate for the month of July. 2011's average daily extent rate for July is currently -115,926 square kilometers [as of July 1- 14, my words]

    Somebody call the UN. We are witnessing cryocide. ;-)

    Each day from July 11-14 saw ice area decreases of more than 100,000 square kilometers. If July 10 hadn't had a decrease of 98,900 square kilometers, there would have been 8 days in a row with over 100,000 square kilometers of ice lost, but it didn't happen.

  4. I hate it when I make an error typing up a comment and can't change the error, and instead have to copy and paste the whole old comment into a new comment and correct the error there, and then delete the old comment.

  5. 10 of the first 14 days in July had Arctic Sea Ice decrease by more than 100,000 square kilometers.

  6. I dont mind the errors. Makes me feel like im not talking to a bot. If the worst tings in this world were grammatical or spelling errors - or anything related - we'd be in much better shape.

  7. I cant believe the Webb Telescope is threatened.

  8. Our city put in a weird solar cell lot in a commercial district - now I think it was mostly green washing to justify a switchover to gas that supplements small scale solar.

    Back in the 70 and early eighties they put solar water heaters on everything while they built coal capacity. I think we are seeing that with gas and again the anti nuke crowd is facilitating it.

  9. Meanwhile, Old King Coal extends his grip:

  10. Jheezzz and we are going to more gas to make that coal available.